One thing there are still a lot of here are boxes of unfiled papers. I started going through one of these today.
After I realized I was looking at cancelled checks from the 1980s and 1990s, the batch was going in the shred bin. . . .
Except it occurred to me that the old paperwork, if shredded would work just fine instead of the newspapers we’ve been buying to help with the wood stove. (We’ve been predominately heating with wood for the past 2 years.) Instead of buying a local paper, or two, I figure I have enough old checks, statements, etc. for our burn paper for the rest of the year, and maybe more than that. This means a few things:
- We won’t be paying Staples to destroy these papers.
- We won’t be buying as many local papers.
- There will be fewer boxes of “stuff” (papers) in the house.
This is like the bit with the boxes from the ornaments. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before! If I was still counting things, I’d be estatic, as I’ve probably shred or marked to shred 200+ pieces of paper today.
This may seem obvious to you, but the shift in mindset from having kept this stuff, including the paperwork, because we might need it, to using it as firestarter is huge.
One more indication things are real different here than previously!
Note: we burned everything I’d shredded the first day. The following day (today) I’ve shredded more and added it to the paper bin. A big check on being consistent!